In conjunction with a new exhibition on the history of women's fashions in Fairfield, the Fairfield Museum and History Center plans a preview luncheon on July 17.

Attendees at the luncheon will get a preview of the new exhibition, "In Vogue: A Runway of Vintage Fashion," with museum curator Casey Lewis, followed by lunch and a fashion show by local designer Jennifer Butler of her fall collection.

The luncheon is set from noon to 2 p.m. July 17 in the museum, 370 Beach Road.

The exhibition itself will be on display from July 18 through Jan. 5, and will feature fashions from the museum's 100-year-old collection.

It will showcase the styles of "fashion-forward women" in Fairfield throughout the Colonial, Regency, Edwardian and Victorian eras from 1780 to 1920, the museum said in a release.

Among the pieces will be cage hoop skirts, bustles and gigot sleeves so large that a woman would have difficulty turning her head.

A highlight is a 1781 blue silk damask wedding gown worn by 14-year-old Lucy Nichols, who married Fairfield Rev. Philo Shelton on April 15, 1781, the museum said.

"White was not worn in weddings until Queen Victoria wore a white gown in her 1840 wedding to Prince Albert," the release said.

Hats, shoes and vintage prints from Godey's Ladies magazine, Vogue and other fashion publications from 1850-1910 will be on display.

Tickets to the July 17 preview luncheon are $50, $40 for Fairfield Museum members.

For tickets, call 203-259-1598 or visit